Saturday, July 21, 2018

Its Happening... Davies is Heading to Europe

The rumor is out that Alponso Davies, Canada's next superstar might be sold within the next few days.

Image resultSoccer works differently than other sports where North American teams build their dynasty through the draft, trades and free agency. Soccer has something called the Transfer Window that happens two times a year.

I'll explain by using a North American example.

Say the Los Angels Lakers want LeBron James, they would have to pay Cleveland about 40 Million dollars to get him. That money would go to Cleveland to try and buy more players to replace Lebron.

The system works cause of the hundreds of leagues in the world. As for Davies, he has been apart of the Whitecaps organization since 2016. The youngster is set to be sold for a record setting MLS transfer fee of something in the ballpark of 12 Million. Jozy Altidore has the record at 11.6 Million when he went to Villarreal a club in Spain. 

The recent rumor is that Bayern Munich has the inside edge on him.Other teams in the running are Manchester United and Huddersfield Town. 

Davies is just 17, so he can't play for a team outside of Canada until his 18th birthday in November. However, the early indication is that Davies is the real deal. The soccer version of Steve Nash for lack of better term. 

Davies didn't travel with the Whitecaps to Seattle for the league game today and that leads me to believe that the deal will be done soon. 

This is big news for not only the Whitecaps but also for also Canadian soccer as they are slowly emerging as a sleeping giant in at least CONCACAF. 

With the MLS, growing, and the World Cup coming to Canada in 2026, the tipping point which Stephan Brunt alluted  to 2012 before the Panama World Cup Qualifier has almost tipped. 

This is big. Very big! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

My Soccer Team Will be...

I started watching soccer for real in March of 2012. I knew most of the teams but never understood the relegation/Champions League system.

The thing that caught my eye was how lopsided the table was of the English Premier League. I mean, it was pretty clear that there was a big gap between the Top 6 and the rest.

I wanted to cheer for a London club but didn't know which one. I decided to go with Tottenham Hotspur but it didn't feel right. They have emerged as one of the big clubs.

I quickly remembered how Junior Hoilet played for QPR years ago and how their stadium seemed like a good place to see a game.

QPR sits at 41-1 odds of winning the Championship and going back up to the top flight. Not likely but I guess there is always a chance.

I'm from Vancouver BC. I'm used to odds not being in my favor. I just want to find a way to watch my new team in the second division most likely trying not to go down.

I'll get over to England one day. But for now, I'll have to watch from abroad. We haven't played in a European game since 1984 which was now 34 years ago.

One day our time will come, just not likely going to be this year.

Monday, July 16, 2018

FIBA is missing out on Soccer's Success

The World Cup is over, whether you were a bandwagon fan or a big soccer fan, we just witnessed some amazing soccer. To think that there are 211 soccer national teams in the world and only the Top 32 got to Russia goes to show how hard it is just to get there.

In other words, its too bad that this event doesn't happen every year, but what about other sports? Baseball will never likely have best on best because the owners are too concerned of injury, we have seen what hockey puts on the ice when NHL players go to the Olympics but what about basketball?

We have seen NBA players lack of interest to play for their country as the years have gone on. Just last year, FIBA went to the soccer model where teams have home games every three months but the NBA refuses to release their players.

According to an article on last fall, there are 108 international players from 42 different countries. This number has been rapidly growing and if FIBA World Cup Qualifying was best on best, we would have some amazing competition.

To put 42 different countries in prospective, there are only 32 teams that qualify for the World Cup. That would indicate that at least 10 countries wold not get in that believe that they are good enough too.

Here's a list that was current last fall. 


First Name Last Name Team
Argentina Nicolas Brussino Atlanta Hawks
Argentina Manu Ginobili San Antonio Spurs
Australia Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics
Australia Aron Baynes Boston Celtics
Australia Andrew Bogut Los Angeles Lakers
Australia Matthew Dellavedova Milwaukee Bucks
Australia Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
Australia Patty Mills San Antonio Spurs
Australia Dante Exum Utah Jazz
Australia Joe Ingles Utah Jazz
Austria Jakob Poeltl Toronto Raptors
Bahamas Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivica Zubac Los Angeles Lakers
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Teletovic Milwaukee Bucks
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurkic Portland Trail Blazers
Brazil Cristiano Felicio Chicago Bulls
Brazil Nene
Houston Rockets
Brazil Bruno Caboclo Toronto Raptors
Brazil Lucas Nogueira Toronto Raptors
Brazil Raul Neto Utah Jazz
Cameroon Luc Mbah a Moute Houston Rockets
Cameroon Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers
Cameroon Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors
Canada Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers
Canada Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks
Canada Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets
Canada Trey Lyles Denver Nuggets
Canada Cory Joseph Indiana Pacers
Canada Tyler Ennis Los Angeles Lakers
Canada Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies
Canada Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat
Canada Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves
Canada Khem Birch Orlando Magic
Canada Nik Stauskas Philadelphia 76ers
China Zhou Qi Houston Rockets
Croatia Ante Zizic Cleveland Cavaliers
Croatia Bojan Bogdanovic Indiana Pacers
Croatia Mario Hezonja Orlando Magic
Croatia Dario Saric Philadelphia 76ers
Croatia Dragan Bender Phoenix Suns
Czech Republic Tomas Satoransky Washington Wizards
Dem. Republic of the Congo Emmanuel Mudiay Denver Nuggets
Dem. Republic of the Congo Bismack Biyombo Orlando Magic
Dominican Republic Al Horford Boston Celtics
Egypt Abdel Nader Boston Celtics
Finland Lauri Markkanen Chicago Bulls
France Guerschon Yabusele Boston Celtics
France Nicolas Batum Charlotte Hornets
France Alexis Ajinca New Orleans Pelicans
France Frank Ntilikina New York Knicks
France Evan Fournier Orlando Magic
France Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot Philadelphia 76ers
France Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs
France Joffrey Lauvergne San Antonio Spurs
France Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
France Ian Mahinmi Washington Wizards
Georgia Zaza Pachulia Golden State Warriors
Germany Dennis Schroder Atlanta Hawks
Germany Daniel Theis Boston Celtics
Germany Paul Zipser Chicago Bulls
Germany Maxi Kleber Dallas Mavericks
Germany Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
Greece Georgios Papagiannis Sacramento Kings
Haiti Skal Labissiere Sacramento Kings
Israel Omri Casspi Golden State Warriors
Italy Marco Belinelli Atlanta Hawks
Italy Danilo Gallinari LA Clippers
Latvia Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks
Latvia Davis Bertans San Antonio Spurs
Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers
Lithuania Mindaugas Kuzminskas New York Knicks
Lithuania Jonas Valanciunas Toronto Raptors
Mali Cheick Diallo New Orleans Pelicans
Montenegro Nikola Mirotic Chicago Bulls
Montenegro Nikola Vucevic Orlando Magic
New Zealand Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder
Poland Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards
Puerto Rico J.J. Barea Dallas Mavericks
Republic of the Congo Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors
Russia Timofey Mozgov Brooklyn Nets
Senegal Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves
Serbia Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets
Serbia Boban Marjanovic Detroit Pistons
Serbia Milos Teodosic LA Clippers
Serbia Nemanja Bjelica Minnesota Timberwolves
Serbia Bogdan Bogdanovic Sacramento Kings
Slovenia Goran Dragic Miami Heat
South Sudan Luol Deng Los Angeles Lakers
South Sudan Thon Maker Milwaukee Bucks
Spain Jose Calderon Cleveland Cavaliers
Spain Juancho Hernangomez Denver Nuggets
Spain Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies
Spain Willy Hernangomez New York Knicks
Spain Alex Abrines Oklahoma City Thunder
Spain Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs
Spain Ricky Rubio Utah Jazz
Sweden Jonas Jerebko Utah Jazz
Switzerland Clint Capela Houston Rockets
Switzerland Thabo Sefolosha Utah Jazz
Tunisia Salah Mejri Dallas Mavericks
Turkey Ersan Ilyasova Atlanta Hawks
Turkey Cedi Osman Cleveland Cavaliers
Turkey Omer Asik New Orleans Pelicans
Turkey Enes Kanter New York Knicks
Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers
Ukraine Alex Len Phoenix Suns
United Kingdom OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors

Below please find the full list of international two-way players:

Country First Name Last Name Team
Canada Chris Boucher Golden State Warriors
Dominican Republic Luis Montero Detroit Pistons
France Yakuba Ouattara Brooklyn Nets
Puerto Rico Gian Clavell Dallas Mavericks
Sudan Mangok Mathiang Charlotte Hornets

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Stop Stressing Yourself Out and Find Happiness

I want to do something special wit my life. Something out of the ordaniary and adventures. I think people might know this but I'm a big sports fan and love my teams. Canucks, Suns, Seahawks and Mets.

As much as I love those teams, there is something special about figuring out why we are on this earth. Personally, I don't want to have a 9-5 job five days a week. Then on Monday morning, the work week starts again.

I want to be able to travel and get paid for it. Do something for people who are less fortunate and have next to nothing. I was in Bolivia last summer and to see how laid back life was down their was very relaxing to see.

The thing is, it didn't cost me much to live down there. I'm not sure why our dollar goes further in other countries, but it does. To put into account the climate is better outside of where I reside in Vancouver, it just goes to show that we would be happier in other parts of the world.

We all can do it, why do we think we are tied down to our country? If anything, the World Cup has taught me that their are so many other countries that sport bring everyone together and that we don't have to be rich to be in a good mood.

My advice to you would be make a list of goals for your life and keep focusing on them. We don't need to live on much, in fact anything over 31,000 to me is well off. 31,000 USD is enough to comfortably live.

People will disagree but in reality that number gives you enough. Take half of that money and invest it, the other half and use it to live off of until you have set up your "on the side" business. Your on the side business is something your passionate about. Hec, it doesn't even have to be a business, be an author or blog writer.

Next step, sell everything you could live with out. Yes, there is a lot of stuff that fit into this category. Do we need a 1,600 mac or could we use the 800 dollar PC that does most of the same things.

In the end, it goes to show that we all have more then we need and if we all work together, we could all be way more happier.